Styron delays Dec SAN turnaround on strong demand, tight supply

09 November 2010 16:52  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Styron will postpone its December styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) turnaround at Terneuzen in the Netherlands into early next year because of strong demand and tight availability, a source at the European styrenics producer said on Tuesday.

“We had planned to have a cleaning stop for 10 to 12 days,” the source said.

Because there had been very good quality on production and no issues in terms of build-up, it had decided to postpone the outage, the source added.

Since the stop would now take place early in the first quarter, the company would still continue to manage its stocks very carefully. Its customers would remain on allocation, the source said, until stock levels could be rebuilt.

Styron has the capacity to produce 35,000 tonnes/year of SAN, according to ICIS plants and projects data.

Tight supply, partly because of unworkable import opportunities, robust demand and raw materials increases were leading SAN producers to look for higher prices in November.

Increases of between €20-40/tonne ($28-56/tonne) were so far being reported by both buyers and sellers.

($1 = €0.72)

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By: Nel Weddle
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